OC Launches Spiritual Life Reboot Ethos

Wes McKinzie

OC students have a new way to build their “life resume” this fall. Ethos, OC’s new spiritual life program, provides multiple ways for students to grow in faith, serve others and worship God. 

OC students can fulfill their Spiritual Life requirements through daily Chapel services, mission trips, service projects, Bible studies and other options.

About a quarter of a $2 million gift from Mark and Beth Brewer funded the launch of Ethos. This “spiritual life reboot” was developed by Chance Vanover (01), OC’s former dean of spiritual life, and Summer (Sehon 00) Lashley, who now serves as Director of Ethos.

“Ethos is valuable for OC students because it will help them build a resume of the whole person they’re becoming – not just academically, but in their service, leadership, community and spiritual dimensions, too,” Lashley said. “This is about more than helping students get jobs after graduation. It’s about students living a full life so they can become who God wants them to be.”

Ethos is rooted in Mark 12:30-31, where Jesus identified the greatest commands: to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Ethos encourages students to pursue their interests and use their talents in five dimensions: Community, Discipleship, Discovery, Servanthood and Worship.

Most of OC’s student body is already involved in service and ministry opportunities, many of which now count toward students’ Spiritual Life requirements through Ethos’ Servanthood component. The Worship component includes daily Chapel, an important tradition since OC began in 1950.

“Spiritual Life is at the core of the OC experience. OC students are known for actively living out their faith and reaching out to help others in community,” President John deSteiguer said. “But Ethos can be a game changer in the way it helps our students practice spiritual disciplines and become intentional about their spiritual lives.”

This is about more than helping students get jobs after graduation. It’s about students living a full life so they can become who God wants them to be. Summer Lashley

The fundraising goal for full implementation of Ethos is $1 million. Meeting that goal will start a fund to help students, faculty and staff members go on mission campaigns, provide leadership training and development for students, fund technical support and updates for the Ethos mobile application, and furnish on-campus venues for Bible studies and other gatherings. 

Information about donating toward Ethos can be found at oc.edu/thrive.

“Ethos represents a meaningful and relevant paradigm shift for our OC family,” Director of Advancement Operations Will Blanchard (07) said. “We will be intentional in cultivating a campus where the Spirit lives and breathes, where students and employees serve alongside one another to meet the needs of our community, and where groups of Eagles regularly and personally worship and grow together.”

More information about this unique spiritual life initiative is available at oc.edu/ethos.


Fall 2014

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